The female form and the female nature have traditionally been depicted as curvy and soft in contrast to the hard, angular male form and authoritative male nature. In Feminine Lines I explore simple, soft curving strokes, offset by harder lines that follow the soft shapes, and color palettes that aim to invoke and refute gender stereotypes.
Feminine Lines explores the female aesthetic and role in Abstract Expressionist art. This series was developed after re-immersing myself in studying the Abstract Expressionists of the 1940s and 50s, and realizing strongly for the first time that the notable painters representative of the movement were primarily male.
Where were the women? I began to search for more information about women in the Abstract Expressionist movement, and learned that they were there, but they were marginalized.
Separately, I viewed an exhibit of Carolee Schneemann's work that particularly struck me as an angry revolt against the primarily masculine Abstract Expressionist movement during it's time. Much of Schneeman's work, to me, spoke to the psychology of being female in an art world driven by men — being told you couldn't do things, feeling directed by the will of male leadership.
In response, I started thinking about the female role in Abstract Expressionism and contemporary art — past, present, and future. Is this style of art masculine? Can it be feminine? And if a work is feminine as opposed to masculine, what makes it so?
The full Feminine Lines series and other works can be viewed at my fine art studio website: AlyssaYeagerStudio.com